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Poster: light into ashes Date: Sep 24, 2011 7:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeling Groovy Jam

Good to know; I hadn't known Chicago played the Piedmont Park festival.
However, I must say it's extremely unlikely the Dead saw any of Chicago's Fillmore shows, as they were busy playing their own shows (including Woodstock) during those dates!
Nor do I think it's at all necessary for them to check out Chicago live to get that riff. Just the album would do! Really, just Weir toying with a couple chords is all we need as the original genesis of the jam...

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Sep 25, 2011 4:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Feeling Groovy Jam

Absolutely agree - not necessary to see them live to hear the riff. CTA was a popular band around then, they would have gotten some radio play. Also, it's the kind of riff you could conjure very easily.

And, as you mention, it's more important what the band could do with a musical inspiration, regardless of the source - improvisation took them to new heights - what the band did WAS original.